To be an artist one must create. It can be anything. A painting, a song, a book, an article, a safe place for people, a great meal for the family. Anything.
But what if you feel that creative energy has left you or you feel blocked to the creative source? You read a story like Wendy’s and lament, “I never get cool ideas over dinner.”
In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron presents a twelve-week course “in discovering and recovering your creative self.”
Many of us wish we were more creative. Many of us sense we are more creative, but unable to effectively tap that creativity Our dreams elude us. Our lives feel somehow flat. Often, we have great ideas, wonderful dreams, but are unable to actualize them for ourselves…While there is no quick fix for instant, pain-free creativity, creative recovery (or discovery) is a teachable, trackable spiritual process.
Cameron utilizes two “pivotal tools” in this course: morning pages and the artist date. Morning pages are 3 pages of long hand, stream of consciousness writing. The artist date is a date with yourself and your inner artist. No friends, no spouse, no kids.
With these tools and multiple tasks, quizzes and exercises, the book helps to loosen up your creative pathways. Soon you feel less blocked and ready to claim your art.
Founder’s Note: I had a real cool thing happen to me when picking a book to accompany Wendy’s story. This book, The Artist’s Way, jumped out at me. I thought no because I was saving this book for an upcoming SoulMate (you’ll see why later this year). But the urge to the grab the book was too strong. So next thing I know the book is in hand and I’m flipping through it deciding if this is the book I should use. Then I see it. I had one of those cool goose bump moments. Julia Cameron wrote a book called “God is Dog Spelled Backwards.” I had no idea. That was enough for me. The decision was made.